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John Joubert - Jane Eyre

English Symphony Orchestra

April Fredrick / David Stout / Gwion Thomas / Mark Milhofer

Somm Recordings

For this recording, ABMC provided orchestral management, operations/logistics, and orchestral fixing (including providing guest leader, Sarah Sew).

"Five Stars...The contribution of the English Symphony Orchestra is as dynamic and essential as that of any of the major characters.Musical Opinion Quarterly

"Five Stars...committed playing from the English Symphony Orchestra...Highly recommended." Classical Ear

"Five Stars" Birmingham Post (review of world premiere)

"Five Stars" BachTrack (review of world premiere)


"Recording of the Month...a triumph" MusicWeb


"Four Stars" BBC Music Magazine


"Four Stars" the Telegraph (review of world premiere)


"Four Stars...The result is a sensual, melodic score that despite employing only 35 players sounds rich and full with sensitively integrated orchestral piano and substantially deployed percussion leading the powerful climaxes

Limelight Magazine (Australia)


"Four Stars...perfectly brought to life by the English Symphony Orchestra under the sensitive, dramatic and attentive direction of Kenneth Woods."

Classica Magazine (France)


"The adrenaline of the Birmingham concert has transferred to disc, with Kenneth Woods inspiring his English Symphony Orchestra and everyone else to give of their best.  Somm's producer Siva Oke, the irresistible force who instigated the project as a 90th birthday tribute to the composer, has conjured a full, satisfying balance, which does justice to the work's lush yet telling instrumentation.  I hope that this recording...alerts the major companies to a significant presence they have been missing." Opera Magazine


"...polished playing from the English Symphony Orchestra..." Fanfare



Jane Eyre preview, featured on BBC Midlands

24 October 2016

Ready to play.  

24 October 2016

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